The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) is one of the world’s top film festivals. It takes place every February and is home to a wide range of film screenings and industry events.

What is shown?

Up to 400 films are shown each year. Most of these are world or European premieres. Films of every genre, length, and format can be submitted for consideration. The deadline for film submissions is around November.

The Berlinale’s international sections are:

  • Competition: big international movies
  • Panorama: independent, art-house movies
  • Generation: movies for a younger audience
  • Forum: experimental forms and films from “distant” countries
  • Berlinale Shorts: diverse international shorts

What else is happening?

Alongside the Berlinale, there are a number of connected events that have something to offer a range of attendees.

European Film Market

  • Major film market for producers, distributors, buyers, and sellers
  • Suitable for emerging and established filmmakers (this market prides itself on identifying new talent)
  • Events to help with networking and making connections

The Berlinale Talent Campus

​​Berlinale Talents (formerly Berlinale Talent Campus) is an annual six-day creative summit for up-and-coming filmmakers, which runs alongside the Berlin International Film Festival.

New Zealand films at Berlinale

New Zealand feature films that have screened at the Berlinale include:

Short films include:

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 19 October 2021